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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Devils

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

DEVILS (9-10-4) at ISLANDERS (16-7-0)

TV: MSG, MSG+

Season series : The New York Islanders won three of the five games against the New Jersey Devils in 2013-14, all in shootouts. Patrik Elias is the Devils' all-time leading scorer against the Islanders with 33 goals and 83 points in 85 career games. Frans Nielsen has seven goals and 20 points in 36 career games to pace the Islanders against their Metropolitan Division rival. The Islanders are 119-78-29 all-time against the Devils, including a 6-2 record in shootouts.

Devils team scope: The Devils lost their third straight on Friday, a 5-4 shootout decision against the Detroit Red Wings in which they were unable to hold a 4-1 lead. Jacob Josefson, Mike Cammalleri and Michael Ryder were denied by Red Wings rookie goalie Petr Mrazek, who was making his second start of the season. Cammalleri did score twice in regulation. The Devils played much of the third period without centers Adam Henrique (upper body) and Travis Zajac (lower body). Devils coach Peter DeBoer said after the game that he is uncertain of their status against the Islanders. DeBoer is also unsure if goalie Cory Schneider will make his 23rd start in 24 games this season. "We had how many leads in this game?" Cammalleri asked after the game. "There are no excuses for us. I think we can't dwell on this and overthink things. We have to pull up our socks and man up, wake up [Saturday] and go play a big one. Mentally, I'm already on to the next one [against the Islanders]."

Islanders team scope: The Islanders had their five-game winning streak snapped on Friday in a 5-2 loss against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. The Islanders, who were playing without defenseman Johnny Boychuk due to an upper-body injury, lost defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky to the same type of injury in the second period against the Capitals. Goaltender Chad Johnson made 22 saves for the Islanders, who will likely have Jaroslav Halak back in net against the Devils. Halak has won his past eight starts, during which he's allowed just 10 goals. "[Washington] took advantage of some opportunities and our sloppy play cost us [against Washington]," Islanders forward Anders Lee said. "We didn't sustain pressure enough. We did that in spurts, but not for the entire period or the entire game. That's where we can really wear them down and we didn't do that."

New York Islanders
16-7-0 (32 points – T-1st in Metropolitan Division, T-2nd in Eastern Conference)
8-2-0 home
New Jersey Devils
9-10-4 (22 points - 5th in Metropolitan Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
6-7-1 road
7:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

Television:
MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose
; Color: Butch Goring
Channel Finder

Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders News:
- Capitals 5, Islander 2 (Nov. 28)

What's Happening at the Coliseum:
- Lower Lobby Opens at 5 p.m.
- Doors Open at 5:45 p.m.
- Denis Potvin Mini-Locker Night
Islanders player to watch
Anders Lee - Forward

Anders Lee is heating up for the Islanders with four points (three goals, one assist) in his last five games. Lee scored in back-to-back contests against the Washington Capitals and dropped the gloves for his first career fighting major on Wednesday. The 6'3, 227 lbs. winger is using his size to get to the net, where he is most effective. Lee has five goals this season.
Devils player to watch
Michael Cammalleri - Forward

Michael Cammalleri is off to a good start with the Devils, netting 14 points (10 goals, four assists) in his first 17 games with his new team. Cammalleri was brought in to score goals and he leads the Devils with 10 goals this season. The 32-year-old winger scored twice against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night and has three goals in his last three games. 
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
86 Nikolay Kulemin
91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
84 Mikhail Grabovski51 Frans Nielsen12 Josh Bailey
27 Anders Lee
29 Brock Nelson 18 Ryan Strome
17 Matt Martin
– 
53 Casey Cizikas 15 Cal Clutterbuck

Defensemen

2 Nick Leddy 37 Brian Strait
44 Calvin de Haan
3 Travis Hamonic
11 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky

Goaltenders
41 Jaroslav Halak
30 Chad Johnson
New Jersey Devils previous game lines
Forwards
8 Dainius Zubrus - 14 Adam Henrique - 68 Jaromir Jagr
23 Michael Cammalleri - 26 Patrik Elias - 9 Martin Havlat
15 Tuomo Ruutu - 19 Travis Zajac - 17 Michael Ryder
16 Jacob Josefson - 11 Stephen Gionta - 18 Steve Bernier

Defensemen
6 Andy Greene - 28 Damon Severson
10 Peter Harrold - 2 Marek Zidlicky
5 Adam Larsson - 25 Seth Helgeson

Goaltenders
35 Cory Schneider
40 Scott Clemmensen



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